Why is this man smiling? 15 winners and losers from the shutdown crisis
October 17th, 2013
11:55 AM ET
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Why is this man smiling? 15 winners and losers from the shutdown crisis

Washington (CNN) - The government is open. The debt limit is lifted. The fight is over.

But in every fight, there are winners and losers, and this fight is no exception.

From Sen. Ted Cruz, architect of the failed Republican strategy, to Hillary Clinton, who in her silence may have boosted her 2016 presidential prospects, here's a look at who won and who lost during the shutdown/debt ceiling crisis:


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  1. Sniffit

    "Why is this man smiling?"

    Because the MSM played right into his slimy little hands.

    October 17, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. Thomas

    How much did Ted Cruz and the Goldman Sachs Houston office make on the shut down ?

    October 17, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. Malory Archer

    "Why is this man smiling?"


    To hide the tears of a clown perhaps?

    October 17, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Why is this man smiling?"

    I don't know ... he looks constipated.

    { sigh ] CNN. I read the article. I can't say I'm shocked. I know, I know. I ought to be with that amount of useless BS filling up space.

    October 17, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    "Why is this man smiling?"

    Because he's just been told that he's raised more money in the past month than he has in his entire political career.

    October 17, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    The losers are obvious.........the people of America.

    The winners don't exist........the battle was just postponed.

    October 17, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. aldegens

    This CANADIAN BORN Texas senator man is not smiling – He is in pain. I'd like to know why is he stirring up all of this in America and no one is saying anything. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!

    October 17, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. Malory Archer

    It looks more like he's trying really hard to not burst into tears. Must have had his backside handed to him by his deep pocketed owners who realized he was hurting their cause more, by exposing them for what they are, than helping.

    October 17, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    It's politics and all, but there aren't winners and losers when you're dealing with people's livelihoods. Answer this then CNN: If WE, THE PEOPLE decided to revolt, who would you consider the winner then?

    October 17, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    That's a smile?

    October 17, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  11. Winston Smith

    Because he's demented? It's the only answer that makes sense to me.

    October 17, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. ST

    Anyone who can see properly, can they take this smile as an usual smile? Am sorry it is not. Since Ted Cruz came to the political stage , I have been watching him with every step he took and how he reacted once he is caught. He has no difference from Fidel Castro. Those who knows the man very well will agree with me. These two individuals, can talk as long as they can, can bully others, always think they are right and others are always wrong. think that they know better than anyone else while they are not. I can assure everyone, god forbid if Cruz in one way or the other, he is elected the President of USA (of which doesn't cross my mind at all), it will be like shifting the Old Fidel Castro to US.

    October 17, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. freedom

    Why are you picking on Ted Cruz's smile? Does CNN not have more important news to cover today? And by the way – it's a polite expression of disgust.

    October 17, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. luke,az

    Cruz is the undeniable leader of the "MacGruber" party.

    October 17, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    " it's a polite expression of disgust."

    Pretty sure it's just heartburn after swallowing what the Koch brothers "donated" to him.

    October 17, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. smith

    Everyone lost on the shutdown there are no winners.

    October 17, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. Tony

    On the RealClearPolitics site, I have read two articles that claim that Republicans are actually winners after the government shutdown/debt ceiling drama. They are winning in their mind, or in the alternate universe that they live in. You can't reason with these people. Sometimes I wonder why I even try.

    October 17, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. Pam from Iowa

    Looks like he has gastro issues.......

    October 17, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. sonny chapman

    Hey ST-I used to think that Cruz looked like a cross between Bill O'Reilly & Bob Barker. After I saw him orate at the "Values" Conf., the picture of Benito Mussolini crossing his arms in macho fashion came to mind.

    October 17, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    That is not a smile. This bum is as greasy as they come. Let's see how he is going to smile when he loses his job come 2014. Then again the people of Texas will vote him back in. If they like dumb Perry, they like Cruz the nut job.

    October 17, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Make kids used to make faces like that when they were babies, just before they would break into a big smile of relief.

    October 17, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. Tom

    I disagree with your assessment of Cruz. If his aspirations are to run for the Presidency in 2016, this whole stunt hurt him badly. He can't win a Presidential election with only votes from the most conservative half of the Republican party. It's not even clear if he can win the Republican nomination without support from moderate Republicans. A lot of Republicans are very unhappy with Cruz right now. What kind of support can Cruz expect beyond states with a heavy Tea Party contingent? Is John McCain going to help him? What about Mitch McConnell? How about John Boehner? What about Republican governors? Cruz can't win the Presidency on his own. It takes a lot of help. Cruz burned a lot of bridges with his antics and I doubt it will all blow over by 2016 (it will even be worse if Republicans get killed in the 2014 election and lose control of the House). I'll agree Cruz will be seen as a winner (hero) among the lunatic fringe Tea Party members. But if Cruz wants more than just being another shrill conservative extremist who writes books, haunts conservative radio and gets his own show on Fox, I think he's more loser than winner.

    October 17, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    Oh look kids, it's Derpit the Fraud!!!

    October 17, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. rs

    Clearly, this is not a pretty situation. Yes, the government is open, and the hostage released, bu tthe hostagae takers- with popularity properly dinged, go unpunished, and worse are unrepentant. The GOP unbelievably stand ready to do the fight again. Virtually all of the votes in the House and Senate against ending the insanity (and presumably to drive the U.S. off the fiscal cliff) were Republicans.
    Yes, by any measure the GOP lost: they failed in their illegal gambit against the ACA; their hyper radical culture wars seem unaffected- they still hate the poor, the culturally different and women; they still think giving the rich insane tax breaks yields something, so at many levels, they are unchanged. Their popularity has never been lower and their disapproval rate never higher.The GOP wasted billions of tax dollars on their little coup d'etat (so much for trying to help the U.S. be more fiscally responsible).

    Clearly delusion free-ranges in the GOP, and they are setting themselves up for more hammering. Not losers per se, just SICK.

    October 17, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    @Anonymous: "Let's see how he is going to smile when he loses his job come 2014"
    If only that were true. The dunce has only been in Washington 9 months......we are stuck with him for 5+ more
    years. Maybe the Houston Chronicle can start a re-call campaign, since they regret their endorsement of him.
    We can always hope.

    October 17, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |